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Geological Society of America Features HWS Research

November 2, 2000 GENEVA, NY-Four Hobart and William Smith students and Professors John Halfman, Don Woodrow, and Suzanne Orrell, of the HWS geoscience department, will attend the National Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, November 9 through 18, in Reno, Nevada. Three students will present a facet of the research on which they have and will continue to work while they are at the Colleges.

Meghan Zarnetske, a William Smith junior from Guilford, Conn., and Suzanne Orrell, assistant professor of geoscience, are studying the mineral lineations in high-grade metamorphic rock in the Adirondack Mountains near Whitehall, N.Y. Lineations are present, and broadly compatible with McLelland's structural syntheses for the southern Adirondack Mountains. They are also testing the hypothesis that quartz lineations formed during simultaneous partial melting and deformation of the rock.

John Halfman, associate professor of geoscience, D. Brooks McKinney, professor of geoscience, Jon Rumpf, a 2000 Hobart graduate of Horseheads, N.Y., Sandra Baldwin, a William Smith senior from Stanley, N.Y., and Timothy Riley, a Hobart junior from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, are testing the HWS Data Logger for accuracy, precision, and suitability. The HWS Data Logger was developed by students and professors in the geoscience department as a small, inexpensive device to detect, digitize, and store voltage output readings from field studies. The Logger was tested for hydrological studies, using seven subwatersheds within or near the Seneca Lake Watershed of Central N.Y. In this test it measured stream stage and ion, pH, nutrient, pesticide, and discharge levels.

The Hobart and William Smith geoscience department encourages students to involve themselves in research projects and paper presentations beyond the HWS campus. Many class and independent study projects result in presentations at national meetings and/or publications in national and international journals. The department prides itself in providing the opportunity for students to become part of the international geological community and for them to experience possible career paths.

Hobart for men and William Smith for women-private, liberal arts and science institutions with a combined enrollment of 1,800-have an ambitious geology curriculum designed for students with a wide variety of interests and needs, ranging from an introduction to a strong preparation for a career in geology. Hobart and William Smith are located in Geneva, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

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